The hackers behind Vesrato Ransomware may claim they can guarantee you will get a decryptor if you put up with their demands, but can you trust them? Unfortunately, the answer is no, which means even if you are willing to pay, you may not get to restore your files. Therefore, we do not recommend taking any rash decisions if you come across this malware. Instead, you should learn more about it, which you can do if you read the rest of this report. In it, we talk about how the malicious application could get in, how it works, and, most importantly, how to eliminate it so it could not encrypt more of your files. Of course, the threat cannot do anything to already encrypted data, but since it makes its infected computers load it automatically upon every system restart, it is possible that it could lock files that were created after the system got infected. In other words, leaving the malware could put in danger the data you may receive or create in the future. Thus, our specialists recommend erasing it with no hesitation.
Users who receive such threats may not necessarily know how they get in since many ransomware applications travel in disguise. It means Vesrato Ransomware’s launcher could look like a text document, a picture, or a software installer. Consequently, you have to be extremely careful with data received via the Internet if you do not want to infect your system by accident. We always recommend scanning files that come from untrustworthy sources with a reliable security tool before launching them. Obviously, it would be safer not to download or interact with such content at all, but if you have to, it is best to scan it just in case. Additionally, we recommend strengthening your computer by updating old software, the operating system, your antimalware tool, and other important tools. Old and by nowadays standards weak passwords is also considered to be a vulnerability that you should remove if you want to keep your computer secure.
What happens if Vesrato Ransomware infects a computer? For starters it should place its data in a randomly titled folder it is supposed to create in the %LOCALAPPDATA% directory. Then, the malicious application should locate its targeted files and start encrypting them with a secure encryption algorithm. Our specialists say that the malware is after private victims’ data as it encrypts files like pictures, archives, various documents, and so on. To mark the files it locks, Vesrato Ransomware should add the .vesrato extension at the end of their titles, for example, redpanda.jpg.vesrato. The next step should be creating a document called _readme.txt, which ought to be opened soon after the malware is done with encrypting its victim’s data. It is a ransom note, and, as you can guess, it carries demands from the malicious application’s creators. To be precise, they demand $490 to be paid in 72hours or $980 if the given time runs out. No doubt, by providing a limited discount, the hackers behind the malware expect to scare users into paying the ransom.
We cannot decide for you, but we do recommend considering this option carefully because there is a chance you could get tricked. In case the hackers choose not to bother to send promised decryption tools, the money you would pay could be lost in vain. No matter what you decide, we advise removing Vesrato Ransomware from your computer as it could encrypt new data upon each system restart. To make sure it gets eliminated you could use a reliable antimalware tool of your choice or you could try erasing it manually with the instructions located below.